Prey-handling behaviour of Octopus vulgaris (Mollusca, Cephalopoda) on bivalve preys

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1999
Authors:G. Fiorito, Gherardi F.
Journal:Behavioural Processes
Date Published:May
ISBN Number:0376-6357
Accession Number:ISI:000080757100007

This study examines the ability of Octopus vulgaris to prey on bivalve molluscs showing that octopuses exhibited the same behavioural pattern irrespective of the prey species. When the initial pulling method did not result efficient octopuses skipped to drilling accompanied by an increase in the handling time. A complete behavioural repertoire of O. vulgaris in handling bivalve preys is also given. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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